Will Ferrell drops out of Reagan Alzheimer's movie
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Actor Will Ferrell is dropping out of a film project documenting former President Ronald Reagan's battle with Alzheimer's that is sparking controversy.

Ferrell’s publicist on Friday said that the comic is passing on the movie, titled “Reagan,” amid outrage from the former president's family, the New York Post's Page Six reports.


“The Reagan script is one of a number of scripts that has been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered,” a spokesperson for the comic said. "While it is by no means an ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”

Reports Wednesday claimed that Ferrell was interested in portraying the president in the film. The film reportedly tells the story of a White House intern tasked with convincing Reagan as he struggles with dementia that he is an actor portraying the role of chief executive.

Reagan’s family on Thursday lashed out, calling the script insensitive victims of Alzheimer’s.

“#Alzheimers is not a comedy to the 5 million people who are suffering with the disease,” tweeted Michael Reagan, the former president’s oldest son. "It first robs you of your mind and then it kills you.”

Patti Davis, Reagan’s daughter, on Thursday also published an open letter criticizing Ferrell’s potential involvement with the movie.

“Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia,” she wrote. "Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous.

“[Alzheimer’s] steals what is most precious to a human being — memories, connections, the familiar landmarks of a lifetime that we all come to rely on to hold our place secure in this world and keep us linked to those we have come to know and love.”

Ferrell is a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member who impersonated former President George W. Bush on the sketch comedy series. He has also portrayed other politicians, including former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreKey McConnell ally: Biden should get access to transition resources CNN acquires Joe Biden documentary 'President in Waiting' Former GSA chief: 'Clear' that Biden should be recognized as president-elect MORE, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and former Attorney General Janet Reno.